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Thursday, March 29, 2007


Came across this new denglish creation in this week's Stern magazine. (At least I think it's denglish; a quick search brings up mainly German sites). Anyway, although it sounds like an accident which might happen on an oil drilling platform, it's actually a play on the word "burnout", used to describe the phenomenon of burnout through boredom. You see, it seems there are lots of people working in offices who are actually chronically unbusy and suffer from the terrible problem of having to find ways to kill their time at work, usually with the help of Youtube.

(As a self-employed person that made me go all jealous, until I remembered that - whenever I have a free moment - I can wander out at will to e.g. enjoy the lovely weather. If I can drag myself away from this fascinating Youtube video, that is).

Posted at 10:55 AM in

it seems to be discussed in some swiss, austrian and german magazines like freundin and cash. a friend of mine heard it at the swiss radio station drs3. there's a website, the authors of the book are swiss. I think many people suffer from a boreout.
Posted by: john | 2007-04-01 21:57
yep, i read the stern article too and bought the book (i thought i could have a boreout...:)
real fun reading the book, they wrote some funny stories / situations which happen at the work place which makes reading a pleasure. well, i discovered that i definitely have a boreout! i think now some change is needed...
Posted by: fred | 2007-04-19 09:32
I have a boreout too! Is there an english information about this theory? Some papers? Couldn't find an english edition of the book.
Posted by: anna | 2007-04-19 09:44